COVID-19 has changed many aspects of the legal process in Ontario. However, procedural timelines set out in court orders remain in effect and any attempt to vary them still requires a strong evidentiary record. In the recent decision of Lima v Ventura (Estate of), 2020 ONSC 3278, an applicant attempted to extend a court-ordered deadline for his purchase of the deceased’s home. However, the applicant’s failure to present “persuasive evidence” in support of the request led to a resounding denial by the court and a clear reminder that court-ordered timelines are to be respected.
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